I am not actually retiring this blog, but rather submitting this post to the 81st edition of the carnival of genealogy: "Your Genealogy Blog's Obituary"
The 'I Dream of Genea(logy)' blog died earlier this morning at about 5:30am in a private sector of underused disk space in the Blogger.com hosting facility. It was just a little over one year old at time of death and cause of death has not yet been determined although it is highly likely that the young blog died of boredom and neglect by its owner. Proper archiving and burial will take place later this evening and the final resting place will be at the owner's external backup HD device.
'I Dream of Genea(logy)' was born on July 29th, 2008 with two back to back posts. In it's first few days the blog was still trying to find a personality and a direction and eventually settled on the "personal family history" geneablog type with a smattering of software and book reviews and several blog carnival posts. Later, the blog turned into a sort of memorial for family members who perished in the Holocaust.
You could feel the excitement of the blog in it's first few weeks of life. New connections were made with many accomplished geneabloggers and family members started sending in stories and memorabilia. In it's first full month online, August 2008, the blog had it's most fruitful month with 20 posts!
Some of the blog's shining moments included the following posts:
- Almost no oaks in my forest
- Rabbi Shmaryahu Smorgonski ZT"L (1854-1937)
- Bringing Moshe Zinberg back to life
- Our First "Ancestor Field Trip" & Buried Treasure
- Twins? Nobody saw this one coming!
We met your father and mother and the rest of the family at the Simchoni wedding.Even though the blog will be dearly missed by all direct visitors, RSS readers and email subscribers, it is survived by a gigantic (10K+) Geni tree, countless new Facebook family friends and a RootsMagic 4 database that will hopefully continue to grow in the future.
We all "blamed" you for the renewed connections and communications between the many members of the family. Good work.
Sweet dreams 'I Dream of Geneal(logy)' and rest in peace.